An American Family History

James Walton

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.

James Walton was born about 1702 in Manor of Moreland (now Upper Moreland Township), Philadelphia County (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Thomas Walton and Priscilla Hunn.

He married Mary Jeans (Jones) in 1730. Mary was born August 5, 1713. She was the daughter of William Jeanes and Esther Brewer. Their intention of marriage was recorded in the Men's Minutes of the Abington Monthly Meeting on September 30, 1730. They were Quakers.

Their children included:
William Walton (about 1735, married Elizabeth Wells), and
Esther Walton.

James died before 1745 when Mary married Thomas Carrington of Lower Dublin Township.

First printed in Boston 1745
Children of Thomas Walton
and Priscilla Hunn
  • Thomas Walton, Jr.
  • Caleb Walton
  • John Walton
  • Joseph Walton
  • James Walton
  • Mary Walton
  • David Walton
  • The Manor of Moreland was composed of a tract of ten thousand acres, and was created, in 1682, by a grant from William Penn to Dr. Nicholas More. Most of the Manor was in Philadelphia County, but is now Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

    Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.




    The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

    From Early Friends Families of Upper Bucks

    William Walton, the ancestor of the Stroudsburg branch of the Walton family, was born in Moreland Township, Philadelphia, now Montgomery, County, about the year 1735, and died about the year 1783, in Bucks or Montgomery County. He is supposed to have been a grandson of Thomas Walton, the second of four brothers who settled in Byberry in 1687. . .and his wife Priscilla Hunn.

    He married Elizabeth Wells, and on 4 mo. 24, 1758, he and his wife Elizabeth made an acknowledgment to Abington Monthly Meeting for marriage out of unity. We know very little about their subsequent history. On a genealogical chart prepared by one of his descendants several years ago we have the names of his children as given below. It is possible, however, that he had another son Abraham Walton, who in a petition for guardian to the Orphans Court of Northampton County, on 1 mo. 16, 1794, sets forth that he is one of the children of William Walton, late of the County of Bucks deceased, who died about eleven years ago, leaving among other children the petitioner who is now a minor above the age of fourteen years and has labored in this county nearly four years now last passed. We have therefore add the name of Abraham at the end of the list of children on Chart above mention.

    Children of William and Elizabeth (Wells) Walton:
    2. Edward, b. 1758; m. Sina Davis
    3. James, m. Hannah Tomkins
    4. Priscilla, m. Nicholas Egbert
    5. Elizabeth, m. George Koppelhouse
    6. William, m. Sarah Lukens
    7. Elisha, m. Elizabeth Tomkins
    8. Abraham, b. 1776; d. about 1857;

    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.
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    Colonial Virginia & West Virginia
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